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Arts + Entertainment

An internationally beloved musician, Claude Coleman, Jr. would often find himself in Asheville while on tour drumming with his band, iconic rock juggernaut Ween. Each time wandering through, he would become more enamored with this region. So much so, Coleman relocated here from New Jersey in 2012. 

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Atlanta-based duo The Waymores will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Lazy Hiker Brewing in Sylva. The duo will also perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Lazy Hiker Brewing in Franklin. 

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The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend will be celebrated differently than it has in the past.

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Grabbing a seat inside Mad Anthony’s Taproom in downtown Waynesville one recent evening, Benji Boessel and Alex Tinsley can’t help but gaze around at the other tables. 

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Scots all over the world celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland, on or near his birthday on Jan. 25. 

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The Haywood County Arts Council invites all Haywood County studio artists to participate in the annual Haywood County Studio Tour scheduled for June 26-27, 2021. 

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Haywood Community College in Clyde recently wrapped up an exhibition to celebrate graduates in the Professional Crafts Fiber program from the last decade. 

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This Must Be the Place

Reading Room

  • For what would you lay down your life?
    For what would you lay down your life? Not everyone will enjoy Michael Walsh’s Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost (St. Martin’s Press, 2020, 358 pages). His thoughts in the Introduction regarding masculinity and traditional reasons why men have fought wars since the dawn of history — to protect their…
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